The Federal Authorities on Tuesday charged taking part Nigerian athletes within the forthcoming Tokyo Olympics to not go under the six medals document set on the Atlanta 1996 Olympic Video games held in the US.
The Minister of Youth and Sports activities Growth, Sunday Dare, set the benchmark in Abuja whereas inaugurating the newly constituted caretaker committees for 30 Nationwide Olympic Sports activities Federations.
Whereas defending the devolution of the federations, he stated that it had change into vital after the expiration of their tenures and the truth that the Tokyo Olympics was lower than 90 days.
Dare stated, “The caretaker committees are thus specifically chosen to mirror our aspirations in direction of podium appearances on the Tokyo Olympics.
“Nigeria has received only one medal within the final two Olympics, the 2012 Olympics in London and the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. The medal, a bronze got here within the soccer occasion and that is unacceptable to us as a nation. That is what we should all attempt to change.
“With the performances of our athletes in pre-Olympics circuit and championships, it’s crystal clear we’ve the skills to excel on the video games and even get near our efficiency on the Atlanta Olympics in 1996 the place we received a complete of six medals together with the gold within the males’s soccer occasion and the ladies’s Lengthy Bounce.
“That benchmark is one thing we should not go under once more and the wrangling in among the Sports activities Federations going to the Olympics won’t assist our preparations.
“I imagine what Nigerians need is for us to raised our efficiency in 1996 and they need to help no matter choices we take which are geared in direction of reaching that benchmark of 1996 and even surpass it.
“My message to the caretaker committees is easy: This isn’t the time to play politics however the time in direction of placing Nigeria among the many medal winners in Tokyo.”